The big selling point for modern Hyundais are their impressive warranties, especially the 10 year, 100,000 mile powertrain one. But last month, the Federal Trade Commission warned the company that its warranty may be illegal because it appears to void out if owners don’t use Hyundai’s own parts. The FTC said in a press release that it recently sent warnings to six major companies because of “concerns about the companies’ statements that consumers must use specified parts or service providers to keep their warranties intact.” The FTC cites the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, saying that a company cannot stipulate that certain parts must be used to preserve the warranty, unless the company providing the warranty gives consumers the parts for free, or unless it’s received permission from the FTC. The idea is to protect the consumer and allow third-party repairs, fighting against the whole closed ecosystem environment we’re getting stuck in with … [Read more...] about Hyundai’s ‘America’s Best’ Warranty Might Be Illegal According To The FTC
PUBLISHED: 16:27 10 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:28 10 March 2016 Barry Hunt Cobra JumPack (jump-start, breakdown, battery, charger) Archant The complex electronics in modern cars mean that you can’t simply jump-start them without a second thought. Here’s what you need to know. A flat battery is almost guaranteed to strike when you’re in a hurry, running late or the rain is beating down. The temptation to simply hook up the battery to another car with a set of jump leads is great, but modern cars jam-packed with electronics often require more care than just connecting a couple of cables between your car and any old other. But this needs more thought than just hooking up the leads. Capacity and Cables First off, you need to be sure the flat battery and booster battery are of the same capacity and you must read any instructions on both batteries. Always keep the jump leads clear of any moving or mechanical components in the engine bays and the two cars must not … [Read more...] about Essential guide to jump-starting a modern car
My friends, I spoke to you last week about the dangers of freedom-hating wackadoodles who want to take away your right to own and drive your own car. Some of you agreed with me, others didn’t. Such is the nature of an op-ed. I was pleased to see that only a couple of you tried to no-platform me — either I’m getting less offensive in my old age or you’re getting more tolerant, and both of those are good things. But today I am here to warn you of a more subtle threat to your driving-related joy, and it’s coming from a rather unsuspected source — the very manufacturers of the cars we love so much. Well, no, that’s not exactly right. It’s actually coming from you. The economic factors presented by the buying behavior of the general public are eventually going to make it impossible for automakers to deliver the cars that enthusiasts want to buy. I’m not just talking about silly “Save the Manuals” nonsense. I’m … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: The Lightweight, Affordable Sporting Car Is Dead by Our Own Hands
Tweet TweetA new Audi A3 hatchback is really interesting and it does seem to be missing out on the entertainment and the dream factor appeal. Perhaps these spyshots of the latest generation of the Audi RS4 running round the Nurburgring will manage to fill that void. With the situation being as it is pretty much all the information available on this Audi RS4 Avant cam be classed as speculation. Audi has quite the stable of engines to pick from, the gearbox situation is also pretty debatable with the only warranty being the four wheel drive system. Given the matter of the wheels it seems like Audi have borrowed some of the unsprung components from their already tried and tested RS5. Testing at the Nurburgring is just a way to remind us about how the Germans haven’t forgotten what the RS4 Avant is all about, it may be an estate but it can be used for street racing. The Audi RS4 Avant as seen here is expected to hit the market in late 2012, sporting a 2013 model year. … [Read more...] about Audi’s new RS4 Avant rips asphalt running round the Nurburgring
Do you really enjoy stepping out of the house on one of those terribly cold, frosty or even snowy mornings when it’s barely light enough to get into your vehicle and then you have to wait for it to warm up for several few minutes until you don’t feel as frozen as an icicle? No, of course you don’t; nobody enjoys that. No wonder then that aftermarket remote starters are so popular. But, like it or not, we advise you to consider a few things before you rush out or go online to purchase one… How far away can you be when you use a remote starter? It all depends on the range of the device itself. Each one has a specific range, which you should be aware of before you purchase it; they usually vary between 500 and 5,000 feet. What does that relate to in terms of the distance between, say, your bedroom in your home and where the car’s parked in your garage or beside the road outside your front door? Well, should you be lucky enough for your car to be parked that … [Read more...] about Start Me Up: What You Need To Know About Remote Starters
Ohio dealership Lebanon Ford first came to our attention in 2016 by offering a 727-hp supercharged Mustang for $40,000 out the door, a bargain if there ever was one. Now, the dealer has refined its formula for the 2018 Mustang, upping the horsepower to 800, but keeping the price at $40,000. That's a lot of power for your dollar! Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The package combines a totally base, manual-transmission 2018 Mustang GT—which Lebanon Ford sells at the steeply discounted price of $31,785—and a new supercharger kit from Whipple. Normally, this supercharger kit would cost $9000 installed, but Lebanon Ford is offering it at an introductory price of $8210. This supercharger is a new 3.0-liter unit from Whipple with a custom tune. Lebanon Ford offers the kit on manual or automatic Mustangs, though with this much power, the stick-shift can be a handful—the 10-speed automatic is a $1595 option. Lebanon Ford also recommends updating the Mustang's … [Read more...] about Ohio Ford Dealership Is Back With a Brand-New 800-HP Supercharged Mustang for $40,000
Many consumers mistakenly believe that they must use manufacturer-approved parts so as not to void their warranty. The manufacturers might want you to believe this but nothing is further from the truth. Aftermarket replacement parts will not void your new car’s warranty. However, modifying or tuning your car might run afoul of your car’s warranty coverage. Here’s what you need to know. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Warranties on consumer products are governed in the U.S. by a Federal statute known as the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. This Act spells out what warrantors can and cannot do in connection with the warranties they provide with their products. While the Act applies to everything from lawn mowers to dish washers, the place it has the most impact on the average American is with the warranty that comes with a new car. And the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act specifically forbids manufacturers from forcing consumers to use name brand parts on their … [Read more...] about Not All Aftermarket Parts Will Void Your Warranty
Earlier this year, we got wind of a new tire from General called the G-Max RS, which seemed to have some spectacular claims attached to it. General claimed for its new Ultra High Performance (UHP) tire that its dry handling would be light years ahead of its B-segment competitors, have up to 35 percent better tread life, a class-leading 50,000-mile warranty, a segment-busting 360 UTGQ treadwear rating, and an unprecedented 45-day free trial period.What’s more, the G-Max RS just looks the part. Arguably, it’s the best-looking UHP tire in the hotly contested B-market UHP segment, with an aggressive tread pattern, a rounded shoulder, and a smooth, unadorned sidewall. When it hits dealerships in late February of 2018, it will be available in 50 SKUs, many of them in late-model domestic rear-drive performance sizes, such as those for Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, and Charger. Moreover, because of its high grip, owners of pro touring, auto cross, and road-course track rats will be … [Read more...] about General’s G-Max RS May Change The Way UHP Tires Are Made!
Whether they legitimately need the extra ground clearance or simply like the look, truck owners love to lift their trucks. But if you have a relatively new truck and want to preserve the warranty, aftermarket lift kits can be a risky option. A factory lift kit, on the other hand, keeps your warranty intact while also preserving on-road drivability. Not every automaker offers them, but today, Nissan announced plans to sell one for the Titan.Developed by Icon Vehicle Dynamics (not to be confused with Icon, the high-end car restoration company), the kit only uses bolt-on parts to give the Titan a 3-inch lift. When it goes on sale this spring, Nissan dealers will be able to install the kit on current Titan and Titan XD trucks in about four hours. And since it’s OEM-approved, installing it on your truck won’t void the warranty.“We worked with ICON, a proven name in suspension lift-kit engineering, to develop the first kits to be offered through our … [Read more...] about Give Your Nissan Titan a Lift with This New Factory Kit
The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is all set to make its debut at the Auto Expo. Clearly one of the most popular as well as anticipated launches in India, the third-generation Swift will get a modern design much like the Baleno as well as revised interiors with an updated features list. Most importantly, the new Swift will be based on the same lightweight platform as the Baleno. We have already driven the new Maruti Suzuki Swift and believe it is surely set to be a big success. Read our detailed first drive review of the new Maruti Suzuki Swift here. The most important question about the new Maruti Suzuki Swift is its price, something that we have to wait till the 2018 Auto Expo. However, here are some of the other important questions that you might have on the new Maruti Suzuki Swift.Will we get the Maruti Suzuki Swift Sport in India? 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport gets body work as well as 17-inch blacked out alloysWe saw Maruti Suzuki launch the Baleno RS post the launch of the Baleno hatch in … [Read more...] about Will the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift?